1960s Pop History – 1962

President: John F Kennedy Vice President: Lyndon B Johnson
The population of the United States is 185,771,000
National Debt 302.9 Billion
Unemployment is 6.7% (up 1.2% from 1961)
Life Expectancy: 70.1 years
Family median income = $6,000 (up $300. from 1961)
Academy Award : West Side Story (click to buy)  (Best Picture)
Grammy Award : Moon River: (click to buy)  (song), Judy At Carnegie Hall (click to buy)  (album)
Pulitzer Prize : The Edge of Sadness (click to buy)  (Fiction)
The United States Navy Commissions the first SEAL (SEa, Air and Land)Team
President Kennedy announces an embargo blocking any soviet ships from reaching Cuba
Francis Gary Powers the U-2 pilot who was shot down over Russia is exchanged for captured Soviet spy Rudolf Abel in Berlin
Adolph Eichmann, the captured Nazi, is found guilty of war crimes and executed in Israel
The United States Supreme Court rules that mandatory prayers in public schools are unconstitutional (Engel v. Vitale)
Wal-Mart opens its first store in Rogers, Arkansas
American artist Andy Warhol premieres his Campbell’s Soup Cans exhibit
AT&T launches Telstar, the world’s first commercial communications satellite
Telstar relays the first live trans-Atlantic television signal
Nelson Mandela is arrested and jailed in S. Africa
The Beatles (click for Beatles pages)replace drummer Pete Best with Ringo Starr
Johnny Carson takes over as host of NBC’s Tonight Show, he hosts the show until 1992
Dr. No, the first James Bond film, premieres
The US discovers the building of Soviet missiles in Cuba, in a series of diplomatic and military moves President Kennedy forces their removal from the communist nation
Britain and France sign an agreement to develop the Concorde supersonic airliner
Mariner II, the first interplanetary probe, reaches Venus sending the first ever signal from another planet
Popular dances were of course the twist also the mashed potato, the jerk, the swim, the monkey and the Watusi
Television debuts included: The Jetsons, and The Beverly Hillbillies    (click show title for more info)
Marilyn Monroe apparently committed suicide leading to conspiracy theories centered around her involvement with the Kennedy’s
John Glenn is the first American to orbit the Earth, he was one of the original Mercury “7” astronauts chosen for having “The Right Stuff”.

See also Celebrity Birthdays 1962

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